If you follow me on Snapchat (exsloth), Twitter, Instagram or Facebook you’d know that I was in Toronto for the last week attending the canfitpro world fitness expo. I should have the recap for the expo up early next week, plus a post on some of the more epic Toronto eats. But, today, I wanted to chat a little about life and some things I’ve been pondering lately.
If you know me in real life, you’d that I can spend hours on end by myself. Sometimes I keep busy doing work (or watching Netflix), but other times I just sit around and reflect on life. And apparently, this whole graduating from university thing has somehow managed to make me even more introspective than usual. I’ve been trying to figure out what comes next for me – where I’m going to live, what type of job I want, what direction to take the blog etc. – with less than stellar results. None of it has been easy, especially since I’m trying to make so many decisions at once. But, it’s been particularly hard trying to combat my natural, self-sabotaging instincts.
1. Staying in the comfort zone
In the past I’ve talked food ruts and exercise ruts and recently, I’ve been in a little bit of a life rut. I’m almost constantly unhappy/frustrated with so many things in my life these days, but I keep complaining and feeling stuck instead of making a change. While I was in Toronto, I attended the Women in Fitness conference and Julz Artney spoke about staying inspired by challenging yourself to do different things.
Her talk really resonated with me, because I have a tendency to shy away from change, especially when I’ve been in the same routine for a while. I get comfortable with myself, my patterns, the people around me and I don’t want to step out of my comfort zone and rock the boat. But that complacency hinders my growth as a person, a friend, a professional and even as a blogger. I know I need to take a leap of faith and step out of my comfort zone, but it’s definitely harder than it sounds. I’m working on it though.
2. Being constantly ‘busy’
Another thing I’ve been really concerned about it my inability to be present in the moment. Like I said above, I’m not one for stepping outside of my comfort zone, and unfortunately, I’m more comfortable behind a computer than in front of people. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, but I’ve found myself putting more stock into social media relationships and acclamation than the pesky in real life stuff. While I do want to get into the digital marketing field, spending all my life online definitely isn’t healthy. Which is why I took time off from blogging/social media this week.
I had an amazing time just wondering around Toronto, spending time with friends and not stressing about every little thing. I need to figure out how to balance the two and stop using the blog as an excuse to avoid actually living. Because, not only does trying new things bring opportunities for personal growth, but stopping to actually enjoy life is the best stress reliever out there. And if I wasn’t so stressed, I’d probably be able to make some decisions about my life or at least let my life happen.
What about you?
- Do you fall into ruts often? Or do you continually step out of your comfort zone and keep yourself inspired?
- How do you balance work/school with your real life? Are you as bad at it as I am?
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